Margo Stringfield

University of West Florida

One of the ways Pensacola’s cultural heritage is celebrated is through the individual people who lived here generations ago.

A recent event highlighted the city’s culinary history through the lives of four unique and diverse women who made Pensacola their home in the early 1800’s.

We’re getting to know Victoire Le Sassier, Marianna Bonifay, Dorothy Walton, and Genevieve Ham. Their stories were featured during the 2018 Pensacola Repast event held May 6, downtown. 

For the past year, the University of West Florida Archaeology Institute has taken the lead on a grant project entitled By These Hands: The Vernacular Markers of Pensacola’s Historic African American Cemeteries.

The information collected is being used to weave together previously untold stories of the burial grounds and the people in them.

Update:  This story was first published on May 23, 2014:

As part of WUWF's Year-in-Review, here's a look back at the movie Belle and its local connections to Pensacola. 

The 2013 British drama was released in select theaters in May and opened in Pensacola over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. 

Belle is a 2013 British drama now playing at select theaters across the country; it opened in Pensacola over the Memorial Day holiday weekend and is now back at the Gulf Breeze Cinema. And, it’s a film that Pensacola area residents may want to see because of its local connections.

The film is of note because of its connections to the city of Pensacola.